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Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade [Windows 7 Starter to Home Premium]

by Microsoft
Windows 7
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews) 72 answered questions

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Microsoft no longer offers Windows 7 Home Premium fully packaged retail product (FPP). If you're confident in your installation abilities and don't need Microsoft Technical Support, Amazon sells Windows 7 Home Premium System Builder OEM 64-Bit. Otherwise, Microsoft retail product has transitioned to Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version.

Product Features

  • Move up to Windows 7 Home Premium from Windows 7 Starter with Windows Anytime Upgrade
  • Make the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation
  • Start programs faster and more easily, and quickly find the documents you use most often
  • Make your web experience faster, easier and safer than ever with Internet Explorer 8
  • Watch, pause, rewind, and record TV on your PC

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 7
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade [Windows 7 Starter to Home Premium] + Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002K7C1HG
  • Item model number: 4WC-00040
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 29, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here


Product Description

Windows 7 Home Premium offers a rich, dynamic entertainment experience on your PC, making it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want.


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315 of 327 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for netbooks, but little else December 8, 2009
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This product is only for computers running Windows 7 Starter, so if you are hoping to upgrade from XP or Vista with this kit you are out of luck. If you bought a Windows 7 netbook, chances are you have Windows 7 Starter and have already noticed a few shortcomings of the "netbook-friendly" OS. Among those are the inability to change the background or theme without assistance of 3rd party software, no Windows Media Center, and lack of Aero enhancements such as Glass (translucent borders) and Peek (thumbnail previews of open windows). Starter also lacks a 64-bit version and caps memory at 2GB, but the Atom processors in most netbooks are 32-bit and only support up to 2GB RAM.

Windows Anytime Upgrade is a convenient way to increase functionality without spending extra on a full upgrade kit. The case contains only a product key, no disc, so no external DVD drive is needed. Windows 7 installs all of the components for all versions regardless of which is being installed, locking features to all but their respective variant. This means that there is nothing extra to be installed and allows for the entire upgrade to finish in roughly 10 minutes.

The biggest problem with the Anytime Upgrade is that it can only be used to go from Starter to Home Premium. With regular upgrade packs, you can move to a particular flavor of Windows 7 from Vista, XP, or a lesser version of 7. If you wanted to, you could revert to your previous Vista/XP/7 and use the upgrade on another eligible computer. For a savings of roughly $40, you lose a lot of flexibility. If you decide to transfer the upgrade license, it has to be to another computer running Windows 7 Starter.
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112 of 124 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Upgraded from inferior product July 28, 2010
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Does what it's supposed to do. The "No discs, no delay" is deceiving. When you order from Amazon, you don't just get the upgrade code emailed to you instantly, you actually have to wait for a package to be delivered. There is no disc, just the upgrade code. Seems like it could be done online so you don't have to wait several days for a little card to be delivered. A waste of time and packaging. The delivery method is the reason I'm giving it a lower number of stars.

Windows 7 Starter needs to be done away with. Just because you have a small portable laptop does not mean that you want only a few basic features. Shame on Microsoft for making this version that almost forces an experienced user to upgrade. It's just a ploy to get more $$$.
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109 of 121 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decided to forgo the upgrade March 18, 2010
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So far, I am very happy with the Windows 7/Starter on the eeePC. I installed the 2GB upgrade, but I have decided I don't really need the upgrade to Home/Premium:

Screensaver: I have read that these have little use with flat panel displays. The best approach is to turn the display off to extend the life of the back lighting. This you can do with 7/Starter.

Desktop Background: Don't these tend to become invisible after a while anyway?

Aero Effects: Can I live without it? Yeaahhh.

Themes: Again, so what?

I use the netbook for net surfing, ebooks, forums, email and a little blogging. Bookworm Adventure runs nicely. 7/Starter does all of these things very well. The look of Starter is attractive and pleasing. I can't see how a $77 desktop background will make these things perform any better.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Correct name for the product March 21, 2013
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Rather than "WAU- Windows 7 Starter", the correct name of the product is "Windows 7 Home Premium (upgrade from Windows 7 Starter)". Note that Starter is only available to consumers on new PCs. Microsoft uses WAU (Windows Anytime Upgrade) to manage licensed features.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars False advertising April 3, 2013
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The description said windows 7 starter but the product is actually an upgrade disk SO THEY CANNOT BE USED AS A WINDOWS STARTER. I don't have any machines that are running windows starter so the upgrade disks are no good to me. I bought 2 of them and opened them both so I cannot get my money back. GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!!!!!!!! WEATHER IT WAS DONE ON PURPOSE OR NOT IT IS FALSE ADVERTISING.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a joke, and misleading January 3, 2011
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The fact that I had to buy this in the first place made me upset, because my computer was gimped by it's own operating system. The netbook I bought this for came with a 64-bit processor and windwos 7 starter 32-bit. I thought that by upgrading with this it would come with the 64-bit version, being as it says: "Takes full advantage of the power and multi-tasking capabilities of the latest 64-bit PC" and "Takes full advantage of 64-bit PC hardware and memory." But it does not. In fact after doing more research the microsoft site says it cannot upgrade a 32-bit operating system to a 64-bit. But here's the worst part, windows 7 starter does not come in a 64-bit, so it is impossible. So why is this description mentioning anything 64-bit?
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what's it good for? August 1, 2010
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As a netbook buyer, I was disappointed to find that Microsoft thought so little of my business they only included a half an operating system - Windows 7 STARTER? I decided maybe I was being cheap somehow, so I invested in the upgrade to Windows Home Premium, and now I'm asking myself WHY. There doesn't seem to be anything IN this product other than the ability to put on your own desktop picture. OK, maybe a little more than that, but so far I've found no usefulness and I'm sorry I spent the money. Apparently the upgrade allows you to watch videos/movies IF you also go out and buy an external DVD, but again, this isn't what I purchased my netbook for, so spending more for accessories I don't need in order to justify the updgrade seems a bit whacko.
Nope, sorry I bought this one.
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